"The Jailer: Part 2" is a remix of Erin McKeown's critically-acclaimed song, "The Jailer", a collaboration between Star Jaguar's Shawn King (Devotchka) and Stephen Brackett (Flobots), featuring Erin McKeown.
The trio united to create the "The Jailer: Part 2" remix and lyric video as a way to expand their support for just and humane immigration reform. The project was inspired by a visit to border communities in Arizona -- part of an Air Traffic Control (ATC) Artist--Activist Retreat -- where the musicians witnessed first-hand the challenges facing the recent immigrants and U.S. citizens residing there.
On October 5, communities across the country will bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families. On October 8 at 12:30pm, tens of thousands will gather on the National Mall at 10th Street to celebrate Camino Americano: the Concert for Immigrant Dignity and Respect before marching to the U.S. Capitol to send a message to the House of Representatives: Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country.
A small group of us from CultureStrike attended Burning Man on our own to host Migration Is Beautiful events, at a camp we joined called QUE VIVA BURNERS camp.
Burning Man was super amazing!! I know many folks have doubts, but for creative people, Burning Man is an unforgettable experience.
The Burning Man foundation gives out about $1 million annually in grants to artists, and they gave our camp a premier location, at 6:30pm and Esplanade, which is basically facing the Playa! (wow!)
Our workshop was a huge hit!! The Burning Man founders came over to say hi, and folks were raving about it. Other cool things in our camp included a furry blue ICE booth and a Tell Your Migration Story booth. Also, folks who shared their story got a Black Rock City Residency Card and we made it to the COVER of one of the Burning Man newspapers that gets distributed around Black Rock City (where the event takes place).
Without a doubt,
I plan to return to Burning Man next year and am exploring ways to do a public art installation at the Playa. Can't wait for next year
You can see pics from Burning Man 2013 here
When Moses, an undocumented immigrant, is being deported from the promised land...there's only one friend he can turn to for a miracle. With a hilarious, trash-talking Jesús by his side, the two prophets come up with a plan to stop the deportation — and stand up for the human rights of all undocumented Americans.
Released on the three-year anniversary of Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070 going into effect, 'Moses and Jesús' is a comedic call to action for humane immigration reform — and full rights for the 11 million undocumented newcomers to the promised land.
Check out this visual guide and break down of the current immigration bill. It covers most of the major points, even though the bill keeps changing as it makes it way up the legistalitve process. You can check out the spanish version belor. Please feel free to download them and share them on your social media networks.
This August, CultureStrike will launch its first-ever program to feature “writing beyond the margins.”
This is an open call for applications: Deadline: July 12, 2013. The application can be completed online with this form.
Writers, artists and cultural workers are central to social change and crucial to building a society that recognizes and embraces migration and the migrant experience(s). Culture is where we change the narrative, introduce ideas, and attach emotions to concrete change. Culture allows people to imagine what change can look and feel like.
It makes change feel not just possible but inevitable.
The migration experience is an expression of this continual change, as are the daily journeys and encounters that connect us with others, break us apart, and deepen our perspectives and aspirations. As more migrants are deported each day and our communities face increasingly brutal treatment, we seek a platform to tell our stories, speak up for ourselves, and push beyond the institutions that fail to recognize our humanity.